What is Kosmos School?
Kosmos School is building a K-12 school that exists only in virtual reality. We start by offering extracurricular classes for 13 to 16-year-olds in STEM related topics. Our goal is to cover more and more topics so that we can be a full middle and high school soon.
What can I expect from a class?
Our classes cover interesting and relevant topics such as rockets, botany, astronomy, biology, genetics and more. At Kosmos, you don’t need to learn stuff by heart or spend hours working through math exercises. Instead, we focus on hands-on science expriments and engineering problems that you as a student can run yourself. We teach you how to approach and solve problems, understand science, and see the relevance of these topics for the future of humanity.
After downloading our app, you meet in our world in virtual reality with your fellow students and our teacher at certain days and times according to the class schedule (typically a total 8 hours over the course of 2 weeks), run science experiments and build stuff to achieve a goal and understand the world better.
How many students are there per class?
Usually there are 5 students in one class (plus our teacher).
Who is teaching the classes?
Classes are taught by experienced teachers that are employed by Kosmos. You can find out more about a specific class’s teacher on its overview page.
How old should students be?
Our current classes target students from 13 to 16 years of age. We also take younger or older students.
How much does it cost?
It depends on the class. A typical class costs $100, but we also have free, shorter classes such as Fun with Rockets.
What if I take a class and don’t like it?
While we hope that doesn’t happen, tastes can be different. If you are unhappy after taking a class, we’ll refund your money completely. No questions asked. Learn more about the Kosmos Money-back Guarantee.
Does it matter where I go to school in the real world?
Nope. Kosmos is completely independent of and not affiliated with any traditional school.
Do I need to go somewhere for the class?
You can be wherever you want to be in the real world. All you need to do is to put on your VR headset.
Do I get a certificate after completing the class?
Yes, we will send you a Kosmos School Certificate if you complete the class. There is no final test, but you only get a certificate if you attend at least 7 out of 8 sessions.
What language do I need to speak?
Currently, all of our classes require you to speak English. No worries, your English doesn’t need to be perfect. As long as you got the basics down, you should be good to go.
Are there any prerequisites?
Not really. However, you might profit more from the class if you know some of the basics of the topics. For example, if you’re taking our Intro to Rockets class, it might be useful if you’ve already heard of Netwon’s laws of motion and gravity.
For which platforms is Kosmos available?
To participate in Kosmos, you need to have an Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR.
Do I need my own headset?
We prefer it if you have your own headset. However, we have a limited number of loaner headsets here. If you’re lucky, we can send you one (you need to pay for shipping and return shipping). Just make sure to let us know in the class enrollment form.
Doesn’t VR cause eyestrain, headaches and motion sickness?
VR is a new technology, and it’s normal that people are concerned with adverse health effects. Like mobile phones or watching TV, of course VR can cause eyestrain or headache. However, research so far suggests that it’s harmless. There aren’t many studies done with children under the age of 12. This is mainly do to ethical considerations (it’s hard to set up research study design involving young children) and due to the fact that VR is just now becoming mainstream.
Our recommendation for parents is to monitor the VR (and any other technology) use of young (< 14 years old) children and to not let them unattended for longer periods of time.
Motion sickness can be caused by VR. Some people have no problem at all, while others get motion sick quickly. Just like when riding a car or a roller coaster in real life, motion sickness highly depends on the experience you’re in. With Kosmos, we’ve taken great care to build it in a way that doesn’t cause motion sickness (e.g. player controls their own movement, no sudden and fast things happening, high screen refresh rate, not too bright colors).
The better VR technology gets, the less motion sickness will occur. Most people know their motion sickness limits in VR and just take the headset off if they get dizzy. Having said that, we have never received motion sickness complaints in Kosmos.
Why are you doing this?
We want to make real education available to everyone, no matter where they live, how much money they have or what their background is. We believe that with virtual reality, we can come really close to real-world social interaction. Social interaction, together with the feeling of really being there and working on stuff together with others is key to a high-quality education. VR is the first technology that can help us to get there. We are committed to work on this for a long time and will do everything possible to make it happen.
I have more questions. Where can I reach you?